America's Nine First Ladies From New York State. A lecture by Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan.
Of America's 46 First Ladies, nine were born in New York State. This illustrated lecture explores the lives and legacies of these women, each with a different, fascinating tale to tell. The most recent are also the most well-known: Eleanor Roosevelt; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush. But the others have stories deserving to be re-discovered. One saved Mme. de Lafayette from the guillotine during the French Revolution, while another, the "Rose of Long Island," married a President 30 years her senior. And a First Lady from New York State gave birth to a daughter whose name was affixed to a candy bar -- a treat that's still popular today, even as the story behind it has been almost forgotten.
This entertaining yet informative talk introduces audiences to the nine intriguing First Ladies of America born in New York State, and explores the social, political, and economic differences among them.
This lecture is a part of the New York Council for the Humanities Speakers in the Humanities Program and supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.